A comet is making its way across the Solar System and is reaching its best viewing in the next few days. Comet Lulin was discovered in 2007 and is now reaching its peak brightness as it moves into "opposition" on February 25th, the date it is exactly opposite the Sun from our Earth-bound point of view. On that date it will be visible in the evening sky near Saturn in the constellation Leo. Sky and Telescope Magazine has a great writeup on the comet.
In 2005 I began writing a column for the San Francisco Waldorf School newsletter called "The Urban Astronomer." I started this blog in 2007 as a place to archive my articles and to offer additional insights on the night sky - even if you live in a big city. In 2008 I became an occasional guest on the KFOG Morning Show, and more recently on KALW and KGO. Archived shows are posted on the blog.